Reading Fanon in Kurdistan


Reading Fanon in Kurdistan
February 23, 2024
15:00-17:00 Paris | 17:00-19:00 Qamishlo

Meeting ID: 891 5826 5411
Password: 625183

In english and kurdish kurmanji (simultaneous translation)

Fanon’s work is an essential reference throughout time among anticolonial, postcolonial and decolonial movements. His great quality is to have focused on both fields and theories, and his writings retain all their critical power to this day. However, it is imperative to revisit his work, given that Fanon was at the same time an activist and essayist, a psychiatrist, a pioneer in anticolonialism and Third Worldism, beyond its descriptive and prescriptive dimensions, to renew its emancipatory potential.
With the recent translation of “The Wretched of the Earth” into Kurdish, initiated by a collaborative effort involving researchers, writers, and translators associated with the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Rojava, there is an opportunity to explore new perspectives on readings of Fanon. This exploration entails engaging with Fanon’s ideas in conjunction with the extensive body of sociopolitical writings and resistance literature produced in the kurdish language. Additionally, it involves examining recent developments that assert anticolonial heritage within feminist, gender, and decolonial studies in Kurdistan and its diaspora.
Indeed, social sciences studies and research in Kurdistan actively address the significant dimensions of colonialism, incorporating a critical stance from the outset. This approach reflects a commitment to ongoing critique and action against oppressive systems.

Matthieu Renault (ERRaPHiS-University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Necla Acik (SPRC-Middlesex University London / Kurdish Gender Studies Network)
Serdar Ay (INALCO)
Şêrzad Oso (Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities-University of Rojava)

Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Rojava
Political Studies Group in Networks / Young researchers at LLCP-University of Paris 8

Contacts: Sardar Saadi (, Béatrice Rettig (